Idea 7: DIY Aspirin Facial
This is my absolute go to, skin reforming, miracle mask! I have just got back from a week in London, and it was all about catching up with friends and having fun, so my skin really suffered as a consequence. I admit that although I usually take my makeup off at night, there was the odd night this week I didn’t, and that along with the pollution and the alcohol – well it just played havoc on my skin. A great way to clear pores and reset your skin is using aspirin. You get the effects of a professional peel but for a slither of the price!
So why does it work?
Well aspirin is made from Salicylic Acid which is a main ingredient in acne products and other wrinkle reducing skin care products. It takes away the the cells of the epidermis, the skin’s outer layer, and reveals the new skin underneath.
Honey is a soothing healing product, and can do wonders for skin. Using a little honey along with the aspirin reduces redness and inflammation and is a natural antioxidant, so works just as hard to give your skin a much needed treat.
I would recommend that for your first time using this mask you do a small patch test on a discreet part of your skin. It really is not as scary as it seems, and is rather gentle, however it is still an acid peel treatment and it is good to make sure you do not have any reactions to it. Of course if you are allergic to aspirin do not do it.
To make this mask, I use uncoated aspirin. It is important as the coating can contain ingredients that you don’t want to put on your face, but mainly that they take a very long time to dissolve. I really like using Aspar aspirin as they dissolve well but not completely, leaving a little grain which works well as an exfoliant as well.
I put two tablets in a shallow dish, add a few drops of water to dissolve (no more than one teaspoon) and once dissolved mix with a teaspoon of honey.
Apply to a cleansed face. I like using The Body Shop aloe vera cream cleanser beforehand and rinsing off to remove all makeup gently. Leave the mask for 10-15 minutes and then wash off. Like I mentioned, I like to leave it a little grainy, and then gently exfoliate in circles when I rinse.
Your skin will be baby soft, taught, fresh, and feel amazing. Don’t be surprised to feel a slight tingling sensation afterwards, and try not to use anything heavy on your skin afterwards – a gentle moisturiser works best. I prefer to do it at night and leave my skin for a few hours before putting anything on it.
Lastly, make sure you use sun cream afterwards. It is a peel, so skin will need protection from UVA and UVB afterwards.
Give it a try, and let me know what you think. I promise it works! My post-party skin is feeling fresh and healthy again – not a blemish in sight.